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di Resta pulls out comfortable championship lead.

Paul di Resta is the surprise new stand-alone leader of the DTM after scoring his second podium of the season in the third round at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz.

A remarkable achievement in the 2005-spec JAW4U.de Mercedes C-Class, di Resta has pulled out a comfortable eight point advantage over the rest of the competition after battling to another brilliant second place.

Although the Scot managed to run second in the early laps, both Bruno Spengler and Bernd Schneider knocked the reigning F3 Euroseries Champion down to fourth by the time of the first pit stops. However, by choosing a different time to pit under the safety car, di Resta followed race leader Mika Hakkinen in and out of the pits on both occasions.

Furthermore, di Resta was able to keep up with the former Formula 1 World Champion to the chequered flag, his second place matching the feat he managed at the previous Oschersleben round.

Even better, di Resta now returns to the United Kingdom for the next stop on the DTM tour at Brands Hatch, where he is hoping he will be able to fly the flag for Britain and consolidate that lead.

“I had an extraordinary race,” he beamed. “Especially in qualifying, my car was excellent. In the race, I had a few minor problems, but the result is absolutely okay. Now I am leading the points' standings coming to Brands Hatch. I would never ever have dreamt about that. I hope that there will be many British fans out there to support me in my home race.”


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4 Roberto Merhi (E), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé takes DTM career-best second at Hockenheim in the final race of the 2013 DTM Championship - Sunday, October 20 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
22 Timo Glock (D), BMW Team MTEK, BMW M3 DTM, 4 Roberto Merhi (E), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé and 1 Bruno Spengler (CDN), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M3 DTM celebrate on the podium after the final race of the 2013 DTM Championship at Hockenheim - Sunday, October 20 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
4 Roberto Merhi (E), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, 1 Bruno Spengler (CDN), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M3 DTM on the podium after finishing second and third in the final race of the 2013 DTM Championship - Sunday, October 20 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
11 Mattias Ekström (S), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM, 3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Sunday September 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé celebrates his 100th DTM race at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Saturday September 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)
3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé  at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on Saturday September 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: DTM Media)

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